Today is Ash Wednesday. An important day in the life of Christians. If Christianity isn't your tradition, no fear; just hang on for a teeny weeny second. I'm burying the lead. I promise.
Lent in my world is a journey. A journey that includes some token sacrifice, that this year includes giving up sweets. And ends in the gloriousness of Easter morning, rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ, his triumph over death, a beautiful Mass and finally a really good chocolate bunny washed down with a glass of champagne.
As always I digress... Today we wear our ashes and are reminded:
"For you are dust, and to dust you shall return".
For some it may come as sobering words; for me not so much. Every Ash Wednesday the words remind me to get busy. As I love to say; "GET to the GETTING." I still have much to learn and much to do! So with that I commit to you every Monday, look for a post from me! This weekly post will help us work on our toolboxes together. I'm reading all the blogs, and spiritual resting spots for suggestions; then I'm going to toss it into the Kathryness of it all and make it work for us. So for my Lenten sisters, just punt on the heavy lifting; I've got ya. For the rest of you, the weekly posts will help us get on track and stay there.
The goal: find that seemly elusive rainbow, that place of balance.
I don't separate faith from daily living, it would be like removing my lungs from my body. And with my shady lungs, I kind of need them for living. My tools therefore are part life skill and part spiritual conditioning. If Lent isn't in your faith tradition; I encourage you to join me and tag along for awhile to see where we go. Think of this as a nondenominational detox or spiritual cleanse; minus the Hollywood foolishness.
You need not make a sacrifice or give up anything. Just read with me and nosh on the Girl Scout cookies calling your name. Hopefully together we can re-frame some old habits and rethink assumptions and come up with some new ideas. Besides I need folks to talk with along the way... I'm missing my chocolate and the foolishness of the gossip websites that I consider very important reading! (another dirty little secret out of the vault!)
I look forward to sharing this Lenten Spiritual cleanse with you...
Lace up your shoes, we will walk just a little farther than usual.
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